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A strike by 14,400 CUPE members working for the Toronto District School Board began on Saturday, February 27. The workers are members of CUPE local 4400.

The strike at Canada’s largest schoolboard has shut down 21 Toronto schools and affects 300,000 public school pupils.

The major issues in the strike are wages and job security. The local says 4,358 jobs will be lost because of a $300 million shortfall in the board’s budget due to the provincial government’s funding formula.

The average wage for a support staff worker is $26,000.